How did the obituary end up in the paper in Outlander?

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We finally got some answers to burning questions in Outlander. One of those was how that obituary that brought Bree to the past ended up in the paper.

In Outlander Season 4, Bree and Roger both found an obituary. It detailed the deaths of Claire and Jamie in a fire at their home. The problem (in the show) was that the date was smudged. It means Bree has to rush her way to the past as all she knows is that the fire would happen in the 1770s.

That fire has now happened. Fortunately, Claire and Jamie didn’t die. So, how did the obituary end up reporting the wrong thing? It all comes down to the man who put the obituary in the paper.

How the obituary was wrong in the paper in Outlander

We can thank Tom Christie for that. When he learns about the fire, he assumes that Claire and Jamie have died. He decides to write the obituary, deciding to write it that Claire and Jamie have no surviving children.

This was just another part of Tom’s love for Claire. He wanted to make sure Claire had something in the paper about her life and death. Nobody else was going to do it, but he could. When he learns that Claire and Jamie survived, he’s surprised but happy.

Of course, he’s not the only person surprised. Claire is surprised to see Tom alive. The last she saw him, he’d confessed to a murder he didn’t commit. Well, it turns out that reading and writing had its benefits in the day. Tom was able to use his skills and spare his life.

In the books, the date in the paper wasn’t smudged. That doesn’t mean the date was correct. There was a small epilogue in A Breath of Snow and Ashes that involved a story around that date.

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